Updated 31st March 2020

Thank you to our NHS

USA Summer Camp would like to reassure our participants that we are keeping updated with the current situation. We are monitoring the guidance provided through Public Health England and HM Government regarding the spread of the virus. Thank you for continuing to be patient and we hope you are all staying safe. Our team are working hard to answer all your questions and concerns as well as getting your profiles ready for your summer in America.

 

The NHS are working hard to provide essential healthcare to all those affected and we can all continue to do our part. Through staying indoors as well as practicing good hygiene through regular handwashing, we can all help limit the spread of the virus. We have immense gratitude and respect for all those working on the frontlines during all of this.

 

To help stay motivated for the summer ahead, now is a great time to connect with your future co-counselors. Your camp will most likely have a Facebook group full of returning and new counselors from all over the world. If you are a placed applicant, you can also join our Facebook group to connect with others on the program.

 

In the meantime remember to stay safe and keep the summer dream alive!

Updated 19th March 2020

We’re Working From Home

Firstly, we want to thank all of our participants for being incredibly patient and positive during these challenging times. We want to reassure you that your USA Summer Camp team are working hard to answer all of your queries and we’ll continue to keep you posted as we receive updated information.

As you are probably aware, we have all been encouraged to implement social distancing across the country. We are following this advice and our teams have now transitioned to working from home. We wanted to let you know and encourage you to practice your own social distancing!

Our move to working from home will have no impact on your ability to contact us. Our teams will be answering your phone calls as normal as well as being on hand to answer all of your questions via email and social media.

As a reminder, if you need to reach us, you can find us on:
Phone: 0121 411 9165

Email: admin@usasummercamp.com

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @USASummerCamp

As always, we aim to respond to your queries as quickly as possible and maintaining our strive for excellent customer service. We look forward to chatting with you soon.

Stay safe!

Updated 16th March 2020

Our Summer Camp Program

With a few months to go before camps begin, we are working towards ensuring all participants attend camp as currently planned.  Our main priority will always be the health of our participants and we believe the measures that the United States has taken will ensure that you are able to attend camp in a healthy environment come May. We are in contact with the US Department of State on a daily basis and will keep you informed of any changes regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as soon as we have them.

 

Travel Update

As we are sure you will have seen over the last five days, because of COVID-19, the United States have brought in both a 30-day temporary travel ban from Europe to America and have also temporarily paused their international exchange programs until May 11th.  If you are one of the very few participants due to depart before this, we will liaise with you and your camp to arrange all the relevant changes for you to arrive from May 11th onwards.

Whilst we recognise the seriousness of the Coronavirus outbreak USA Summer Camp expects there to be a very limited impact on travel to camp. If you have departure date before May 11th our team will be in touch with you and we ask at the moment if your travel to camp date falls after May 11th you wait before contacting us as we will release regular updates to all participants over the coming days.

 

Helpful Sources

USA Summer Camp is committed to ensuring you have up to date information provided to you. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will, of course, keep you updated.

We are staying informed and monitoring alongside CDCWHOForeign Office and Public Health England, as well as the US Department of State and our Visa Sponsors in America.

 

Please note that this information is correct as of 16 March 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this information is correct as of 16 March 2020.  These Frequently asked questions may contain information that is no longer valid. We will continue to update this page regularly with important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and summer camp situation.

Is USA Summer Camp still going ahead for 2020?

Yes, our applications are still open for 2020.  Current participants are still expected to travel to America in May and June to work at camp.

What are the next steps for the Coronavirus?

We are staying informed and are monitoring the situation alongside CDCWHOForeign Office and Public Health England, as well as the US Department of State and our Visa Sponsors in America.

What if I contract the Coronavirus?

As the NHS and each countries health service advise, you should have a period of quarantine, or treatment.   With full recovery you are still able to go on the camp program.

Will I still be covered by my medical insurance?

Yes, we have updated out Medical Insurance to include cover for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  If you are experiencing any symptoms pre to departure to the US, we ask that you contact us and follow the advice of your local health aurthority.

At camp, all medical issues will be covered by the camp’s protocol. Camps have medical professionals, a health centre and the support of their local authorities.

When will we know more?

We will update this page regularly, and keep everyone on the USA Summer Camp program up to date with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We advise you to follow and keep up to date with your national and local news and listen to the advice of the governments involved.  Please do not pay attention to social media or none official media.

Can I withdraw from the program because of COVID-19?

The USA Summer Camp program is still going ahead for summer 2020.  The terms and conditions, as per your program agreement still apply.  We advise all participants to wait, continue your application, and attend camp in the summer.

Is my Camp Placement ok?

Yes. Camps are counting on you to work this summer in America. We expect the program to be running this summer and your placement at camp will still stand.

Are Embassy appointments still going ahead?

With the coronavirus, each countries US Embassy will have a different protocol in place regarding appointments. There will be up to date information, as well as updates from USA Summer Camp regarding these.

Are Pre-Departure days still going ahead?

Until further notice, to protect the safety of every applicant with USA Summer Camp, as well as staff members, we will be operating on-line only Pre Departure Orientation Days.  Pre Departure Orientation is a mandatory requirement from the department of state, so completing one is important.

What should I do next?

Currently, if you are a new applicant, returner or current first-timer, you should continue your application as normal.   Your next step could include completing your online application, booking an embassy appointment, submitting paperwork or paying your fees.